Mark Anguiano, out of Cal State-Fullerton, grabs one-stroke lead at Sahalee
Mark Anguiano leads Kurt Kitayama by a stroke in the Sahalee Players Championship
Special to The Seattle Times
SAMMAMISH — Mark Anguiano has gone from co-leader to leader in the Sahalee Players Championship.
Anguiano, who just completed his eligibility at Cal State-Fullerton and plans to turn pro next month, shot a 3-under 69 Tuesday at the Sahalee Country Club.
Anguiano stands at 7-under 209 after three rounds.
He has a one-stroke lead over Kurt Kitayama, a senior-to-be at UNLV, who shot a bogey-free 68 Tuesday. There is a four-stroke gap between Kitayama and three golfers bunched at 214.
Anguiano and Kitayama were among the six golfers in the field of 68 who broke par Tuesday.
“It’s a matter of having your short game on,” Anguiano said. “You have to attack the par-5s out here and try to par everything else.”
He played the four par-5 holes at 2 under.
Anguiano was tied for the lead with Byron Meth and Jay Hwang after the 36-hole marathon Monday, but Meth (74) and Hwang (77) fell out of the lead Tuesday.
Scottie Scheffler, the Texas Longhorns recruit who made international news by making the cut at the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Classic in May when he was 17, shot 2-over 74. He played the four par-3 holes at 3 over. Scheffler, the No. 3-ranked amateur in the world, is tied for 26th at 6-over 222.
“I’m just not hitting the ball well at all,” Scheffler said. “My scrambling is decent, though.”
The tournament’s comeback kid is Australian Amateur champion Tae Koh, who shot 78 in his morning round Monday then shot 68 Monday afternoon. He followed that with a 3-under 69 Tuesday.
“I’m pretty delighted with my comeback,” the New Zealander said.
The best one-hole comeback was by Washington Husky Corey Pereira, who shot 3-under 69 after double-bogeying the par-3 17th hole, then making eagle on the par-5 18th. The long approach shot was 2 feet from being the third albatross in the 21-year history of the tournament. Pereira is tied for third at 2-under 214 with Meth of San Diego and Australian James Beale.
Tee times begin Wednesday at 8 a.m., with the leaders going off at 11:40 a.m.